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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Issue Date: July 2010
Series: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
Issue Number: 156

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The GI Joe team is in consolidation mode as Cobra is now working for the US Government and hunting them down. Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Roadblock, Stalker and Mainframe all have encounters with Cobra soldiers who are working in the open as they get the signal to head to the rally point.

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Notes of Interest

This issue marks the official start of the A Real American Hero (ARAH) continuity series that was originally finished in 1994 with issue #155, often called the Hamaverse. #155 1/2 was a Free Comic Book Day Book. #156 was the first issue of this new series but now published by IDW.

All issues created by Devil's Due (2001-2008) are considered by Hasbro an alternate universe, if the reader chooses to believe that is the case.

Just a reminder Billy & Storm Shadow, Baroness & Destro are still very much under the influence of the brainwave scanner.

Dr. Venom and his Brainwave Scanner were introduced way back in June of 1983 in the Marvel run with issue #10.

Major Players

GI Joe: Duke, Hawk, Mainframe, Roadblock, Scarlett, Snake Eyes & Timber, Stalker

Cobra: Red Ninjas

Creative Team

Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Agustin Padilla
Colors: J. Brown
Letters: Robbie Robbins
Assistant Editor: Carlos Guzman
Editor: Andy Schmidt

Cover Credits
Cover A: Artist: Agustin Padilla, Colors by J. Brown
Cover Company: IDW

Cover B: Artist: Rod Whigham, Colors by Andrew Crossley
Cover Company: IDW

Cover C (Retail Incentive): Artist: Larry Hama
Cover Company: IDW

Full Details

Duke driving through a small town is stopped by a Cobra Trooper, who is openly wearing the traditional blue uniform with red face mask and also openly carrying a machine gun. The Cobra trooper is actually letting a group of children cross the road. As Duke turns the corner he sees a dead body outside of a bank with the yellow tape around the scene and crowd looking on. The Trooper uses his radio to call in Duke's truck license plate. As Duke pulls out of town he is listening to the news on the radio.

From the radio: Martial Law is working. A few minor freedoms have been sacrificed, but we have secured our domestic tranquility and preserved most of our basic democratic ideals. Thankfully, our thinly stretched National Guard units have been augmented by independent contractors such as ARBCO Security Systems, Springfield Armed Response Associates and C.O.B.R.A. (Coordinated Order By Righteous Americans). In local news, another bank robbery by anarchist terrorists has been thwarted by vigilant C.O.B.R.A. troopers. Government Sources indicate that a secret US military Special Operations unit may have gone rogue and could be supporting the terrorist's This "GI Joe" team is reputed to be . . . Duke turns off the radio. And calls into the Pentagon to get a hold of Hawk through what he believes is a secure cell phone to a secure line. The phone rings in the office of General Clayton Abernathy, Quartermaster & Supply Oversight Committee, an empty office except for a Cobra Tele Viper and Crimson Guard soldier, the Tele Viper answers the phone. Duke hangs up. The Tele Viper calls in Duke's location and within moments a police car with its lights on is behind Duke in his small pickup truck. A Cobra soldier just opens up on full auto from the car. Duke allows the car to pull even, he pulls out a grenade launcher and fires it directly into the Cobra soldier in the passenger seat without it blowing up. As the Police car slows down Duke pulls away. He gets enough distance to fire his grenade launcher this since the range is longer, it blows up the car.

He pulls over and confirms the soldiers are dead. He then changes his license plate and puts in a new sim card for his cell phone and calls Hawk again.

Outside the Pentagon, a Cobra trooper answers his phone, it is actually Hawk, and he tells Duke that Cobra tried to get him also, but failed. A police car pulls up to Hawk, he kills the two Cobra soldiers and takes the car. He then continues telling Duke that he was starting to send out a secure link to all Joes but wasn't able to before the COBRA troopers showed up. He gives Duke the mission of spreading the codeword Anabasis and tells him that all Joes should head to the rally point and use alternate communication codes. Duke starts by trying to warn Roadblock, Stalker and Mainframe. While he is making his calls, Duke is repainting his truck and Hawk drives away from the Pentagon.

Roadblock receives Duke's phone call just in time as he is cooking a meal when two Cobra agents show up. Using the meat cleaver he does away with them and confirms to Duke that he will head to the rally point.

Duke then calls Mainframe, who is literally hanging off the edge of the Berlin TV Tower upgrading the microwave system. Duke tells him to notify Stalker. Mainframe confirms he will as two Cobra troopers come at him. The Cobra troopers open up full auto but miss Mainframe, he swings around grabbing the nearest trooper to use a shield. That trooper is killed by his partner but Mainframe uses the microwave transmitter to kill the second trooper. He then hacks into the system using his laptop to call Stalker.

In the Hindu Kush, Stalker receives the call from Mainframe. But Stalker and a spotter are watching a Cobra sniper and his own spotter when the call comes in. Stalker's spotter is shot in the head as Stalker sneaks away leaving behind what looks like himself waiting. Then he takes out the Cobra spotter. Now the sniper battle is really on.

Duke arrives near Snake Eyes' cabin in the Sierra Nevada, he sees a crashed Jeep with letters to Shana O'Hara in them. Three Red Ninja pop out equipped with night vision goggles and a mix of machine guns and swords. As they make the first move, Duke is faster, killing one of the sword holding ninja's with his gun, and dodging the other sword. The one with the machine gun gets killed by Duke as the one he dodged gets an arrow through the neck. It is a crossbow arrow from Scarlett.

She tells Duke that she saw ten more headed to Snake Eyes' cabin. Duke rushes off giving her the Anabasis codeword. Moments later they arrive at the burning Snake Eyes cabin. Three dead Red Ninjas lay outside, 3 more inside burning and the tracks of three more running out the back of the cabin. Snake Eyes is surrounded by 3 literally burning Red Ninja's with machine guns. Snake Eyes drops his sword and with the speed only a real ninja can use dodges the bullets and shoots all three of them. Duke arrives telling Snake Eyes that there has to be one more out there with a sniper rifle. Timber bites the rifle. Now there are no Red Ninjas left. The Cobra sniper sneaks up on Stalkerfrom behind and shoots directly into the camo tarp. To be Continued . . .

Summary by Josh Eggebeen